New mall opens on Chicago's South Side

June 5, 2010 4:35:45 PM PDT
Mayor Daley opened a far South Side shopping mall Saturday and urged unions and other organizations to support similar developments in the city. Daley, city aldermen and business officials cut a ribbon officially opening Marshfield Plaza shopping mall. The mayor then toured one of the mall's major stores, a Jewel supermarket.

Later, Mayor Daley said opponents of proposed city big box stores, such as Walmart, make Chicagoans who would shop there travel to suburbs.

"And that's why we have deserts in the African-American community and Hispanic community of large developments. You can develop any place in the suburban area, and there's no questions asked. There's no demands, no requirements. Just build it. We get real estate taxes. We get sales tax. We get jobs in our community. And when it comes to the controversy we continually see in the city is everybody demanding, and nobody's getting anything anyway," Daley said.

Marshfield mall also includes Burlington Coat Factory, Dollar Tree, Marshalls, and Target.


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